Camp teaches kids to take food from the garden to the table

Camden County 4-H teamed up with the Family Nutrition Education Program and Master Gardener Guy Winters to offer a summer program, Garden and Grow/Kids in the Kitchen. Kids were taught the basics of cooking, but only after they learned where the food they were slicing and dicing came from.
During the Garden and Grow portion held in the month of June participants went to the Camdenton Community Garden to work and learn the ins and outs of growing various vegetables. Guy showed the kids how to plan and plant a garden. Youth learned how to plant okra, squash, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Kids in the Kitchen kicked off with Nutrition Program Associates Larry Roberts and Amy Bartels at the helm. They taught the kids everything from kitchen safety, nutrition, reading recipes and labels to slicing vegetables and mixing pizza dough. The importance of health benefits of different foods were discussed.
To wrap up the program there was a Parents Picnic at the Mid County Fire Station during which the kids cooked an entire lunch for their family members. The hit of the class was making mystery meatballs that contained carrots and turnips.

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